What Drives Us

Mission Statement

Love God - Make Disciples - Serve Others

Our mission statement is both simple yet profound. Not only does it describe our focus and goals, but it also is our action plan. In other words, is not only about what we do but how we go about doing it.

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Our goal to Love God is done by loving God (loving both as an emotion and as an action) and finding ways to express that, particularly through worship, prayer and pastoral care;

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Our goal to Make Disciples is to do just that – by connecting people into small groups, we share the journey of learning and discovery. Our faith and understanding can be challenged, grown and shaped around the truths of the Bible. One on one mentoring and discipleship also plays a key role in helping people grow in their spiritual and personal development.

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Our goal to Serve Others is done by serving others in our community. It means that we engage with people in many different ways and build relationships that offer support, care and hope. Serving others and pitching in to build a stronger, better community is the legacy and example that Jesus left for us to follow.

What We Value

Being Christ centred, spirit lead and biblically grounded

Our identity is centred in Christ, empowered and guided by the presence of His Spirit and grounded in life related Biblical teaching.

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Being in a living and growing adventure with Jesus Christ
As followers of Jesus we affirm that we are all on a spiritual journey towards maturity and wholeness, and that none of us have fully arrived. Our aim as a church is to lead each person and our congregation as a whole to a deeper level of discipleship and spiritual maturity where the fruit of the spirit is lived out and growing on a daily basis.

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Identifying and releasing ministry gifts throughout the church
A healthy church is one in which believers are discovering, developing and using their spiritual gifts; and ministry teams in all areas of the church are built and nurtured. A healthy church is also one in which leadership at all levels (Pastors, Ministry Team, Elders and Congregation) is honoured, encouraged and empowered.

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Being known as a congregation of joy, praise and celebration
The Christian life is meant to be fun! We want people who connect with our church to feel encouraged, uplifted and inspired in their relationship with God, and empowered to live life to the full in the way that He intends.

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Being authentic, loving, transparent and inclusive
In the way that we relate to each other and to our wider community. We affirm that we are equal in Christ (Galatians 3:28), and that God has no favourites. As a church we seek to be honest about ourselves, open and accepting of others, and true to the gospel message that we are all sinners in need of God’s grace and forgiveness.

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Being known as a people of prayer
In an increasingly busy world, there is a great need to create and opportunities where people can connect with God and discover anew life’s meaning and purpose. As a community of faith, we desire to discover more about prayer and develop a stronger prayer focus and ministry.

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Supporting and encouraging one another
In a world where there is rapid change, loss and disappointment, life can become overwhelming.
As a community of faith we seek to:
- Support one another through pastoral care
- Encourage involvement in small groups
- Create an environment where each of us can give and receive spiritual and personal support, and pray for each other as a natural expression of our faith in Christ.

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Being outward focused and culturally relevant in all aspects of church life
We affirm that our mission as a church is to reach out with the gospel, lead people to faith in Jesus and build them up as effective disciples who are equipped to reach out with the gospel to others.

We recognise that each generation and each individual best communicates with and worships God through language, music and art that can be appreciated and understood. We aim to ensure that each ministry of our church continues to be relevant and accessible for the age group/s for which they are designed. We are also committed to the use of visual, audio and computer technology as a means of achieving this goal.

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Being ambassadors for Christ in our wider community
As followers of Jesus we recognise that we are called to live for him wherever we are: 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

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Being generous givers of our time, talents and finances
We recognise that God has generously given us the gifts of life, love, faith and forgiveness, and the gift of his Son Jesus Christ. In response to his generosity, we seek to be generous givers.

What We Believe

We believe...

That God has established the church on ‘one great big idea’. That big idea is that the work of the Church is to reflect the values, nature and culture of the Kingdom of Heaven on earth.

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As Christians, we believe that we are recipients of God’s unlimited love and unconditional forgiveness. We also believe that we are called to be reflections of that same love and forgiveness in all our relationships with each other and the wider community.

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We believe the Bible to be the inspired word of God. We seek to follow New Testament principles in faith and practice.

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In keeping with Biblical teaching and examples we practise believer’s baptism by immersion.

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We meet weekly to worship and celebrate the Lord’s Supper.

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We encourage the principle of tithing. By example, the church distributes ten percent of its general offering between Church of Christ Conference and local ministries (Youth For Christ, Warragul Regional Chaplaincy and Sonshine Toy Library).

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As part of the ongoing development of our goals and strategies we embrace the Mission Statement in the Constitution of the Conference of Churches of Christ in Victoria and Tasmania.